Baha’i Student With “Exceptional Talents” Dismissed from University in Her Seventh Semester of Studies

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Source: Bahainews1

Translation by Iran Press Watch

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Based on a report by “Bahainews”, Parvaneh Mehrabkhani, a senior studying laboratory sciences at Qazvin Medical Sciences University, has been dismissed from university because of her belief in the Baha’i Faith.

According to the report by “Bahainews”, Parvaneh Mehrabkhani was dismissed from Ghazvin Medical Sciences University even though had been recognized as an “exceptionally talented” student2 of that university, and she had only two semesters left to finish her undergraduate studies.

As explained by this Baha’i citizen who has now been deprived of higher education, she was contacted by Qazvin Medical Sciences University on 5 October, 2016.  She went to the university together with her father, and they told her that  based on instructions they had received, they were forced to keep this Baha’i citizen from continuing her education at Qazvin Medical Sciences University.

Parvaneh Mehrabkhani also pointed out that the University President asked her to remove the name of the Baha’i Faith from the registration form, and to continue her education at the University.  However, she refused that request, and emphasized that she is a Baha’i.

Ms. Mehrabkhani had obtained a print of her transcripts up through the seventh semester.  However, the Academics Services official refused to have them sanctioned and sealed by the University.  Also, when he noticed her name after one sheet related to the seventh semester had been approved by Academics Service, he took that sheet from her as well.  The official also conveyed to her that she had to go to the office of the vice president of the University; after she did so, they told her that no documents, not even dismissal papers would be given to her, and that she could only go to the University Security Office.

Parvaneh Mehrabkhani was dismissed from this university for believing in the Baha’i Faith, even though the year before she had been named as one of the high-achieving students on the banner of Qazvin Medical Sciences University.

Denial of university education for Baha’is has been carried out, based on the 25 February 1991 letter of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, which proscribes Baha’is from receiving higher education, as well as employment at government entities.

According to Article three of this letter, not only should Baha’is be prevented from registering at universities, but also they should be deprived of education if they are identified as Baha’i after registration and “during the course of studies”.

Denial of education for Baha’is has been systematically implemented since the Islamic Revolution and the announcement of the Cultural Revolution in Iran.

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1. “Bahainews” is an independent non-Bahá’í initiative and is not affiliated with any Baha’i institutions.

2. See National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents

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